Volunteer Day 6-16-18

We had another amazing day in the garden, things are really starting to come together!  Today we had a crew of experienced gardeners, they got a lot done for sure!  Thanks to Eva, Marco, Lauren, Nate, Edwin, and Nick…we accomplished a lot in both GreenSpace as well as the LifeBridge Shelter Garden…(weeded / seeded / planted seedlings / hung signs / painted signs / watered / repaired beds / and more…).  Check some pics below…

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Methuen Y!

Hey Methuen, thanks so much for coming out last week!  We had so much fun meeting you and really do appreciate the help…wishing you the best as you begin planning your own garden up north…you have a great crew and we’d love to help you in the future…the crew did a lot of work; seeding, planting, watering, weeding, and harvesting!

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Spring Updates…

OK, we’ve been really busy in the garden lately…will do my best to summarize…1) Groups keep coming out to help.  2) Green house filled. 3) Green house emptied. 4) Beds seeded 5) Seedlings planted. 6) New ground broken at LifeBridge. 7) New ground broken at the Salem Y’s Kids’ Garden. 8) Soil topped up everywhere. 9) In the process of hiring back our teens. 10) Planning events with lots of local organizations for the summer.

Here’s a list of what we have in the ground right now…tomatoes / cucumbers / onions / beets / carrots / potatoes / radishes / turnips / arugula / spinach / leeks / lettuce / eggplant / garlic / sage / scallions / cilantro / mint / hops / oregano / basil / zucchini / summer squash / raspberries / strawberries / peaches / grapes / okra / corn / kale / other things I’ve forgotten…check out some pics below from the last couple of weeks…look how great the garlic is looking!

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YMCA Kid’s Garden!

We broke ground today on the YMCA Kid’s Garden…big thanks to Nate and Nicky Lebron for their help…they were naturals using the tools and picked up quickly on the process of building raised beds…we still have some work to do, but got a lot done, I’m proud of these Salem High School Seniors!  Wishing them the best as they move on to the next phase in their lives…also, big thanks to Edwin for the help running power and getting us the supplies!

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SSU’s – C.S.I. (Again!)

SSU’s, CSI (Community Service Initiative) came out again…they’ve been consistent in helping us out every spring for at least the last three years…as always, they brought a super positive energy!  We got a lot of work done, and just had fun…for example they direct seeded; potatoes / beets / carrots / onions / leeks / radishes / and turnips.  They also seeded a bunch of fruiting vegetables in our greenhouse.  It was great to see Jack, Tenly, and Kerry, as well as Ana and Nate from Salem High School…of course Nick and some of our staff came out as well…check out some pics below from the day…

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SHS Bridge Academy! (again)

Thank you so much to the crew from Salem High School’s, Bridge Academy!  They did an absolutely amazing job today…they were able to move five yards of soil, topped up all of our garden beds, and hung up signs that Nate painted!  This enables us to get seeds in the ground weeks earlier, which translates to healthy food to the community weeks earlier.  We threw a BBQ to celebrate the graduation of our seniors and are so proud of their accomplishments!  Check out some pics below from the day…

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Shore Country Day School!

Thank you so much to Shore Country Day School who took part in the United Way’s, Day of Service…you did such an amazing job and wow, you worked at an insane pace!  A great group of kids and parents who really set us up for another great season!  They turned all of the soil in garden #2, all of the soil in the main garden for the second time, they seeded many trays in the green house, moved a compost pile, cleaned up garden #2, filled an empty bed, and helped move water into long-term storage containers…check out some pics below of the crew in action…

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SSU Center for Civic Engagement!

Thanks to SSU for stepping up to the plate, yet again!  This time it was the Center for Civic Engagement…we had some familiar faces and some new faces too…the crew was great, especially on a cold windy day…they got a lot done on our first work day of the season…(seeded lots of stuff / moved about 250 gallons of water / turned all of the garden beds)…we’re off to a great start to 2018…check out some pics below…

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Thanks Nate!

Salem High School senior, Nate Lebron has been working on a senior year community service project…he’s painting signs for all of our fruits, veggies, and herbs!  They look amazing…artist and athlete!?!?  A couple pics below of Nate and his signs…

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Spring is Here!

The weather is changing and we’re seeing the plants and soil respond to the warmer weather…we’ve started collecting rain and are watching as our early plants begin to bud…it’s just a matter of time until the garden is prospering again!  Below are some pics taken today (4-8-18) of a rain barrel, chives, and our garlic all peeking through…other stuff is showing too…updates to come…

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